Issue of September 9, 2018
Mt. Province

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Road mishaps in CAR kill 6
by Harley F. Palangchao

HAZARD -- Police responded to a distress call involving a truck loaded with vegetables that plunged into a 70-meter ravine at Sitio Dalipey,  Barangay Ampusongan in Bakun, Benguet on Aug. 31. The driver was unhurt as he was able to jump out of the vehicle, which skidded out of the wet road into the ravine. Meanwhile six persons died in four vehicular accidents in Mountain Province, Apayao and Ifugao. -- Bakun PNP photo

Six individuals died while several others were injured due to vehicular accidents that occurred in different areas in Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Apayao last week, police reports said.

Cordillera police command reported that two individuals named as Corazon Longtiwen and Hilda Lungaw, both in their 50s, perished when a private car plunged into a ravine at Sitio Palatong, Barangay Tambingan, Sabangan, Mountain Province on Sept. 4.

Those injured were named as Joel Marcos, the driver, and his wife Estela and three children.

The slippery road caused the accident, police reported.

On Sept. 5, two passengers also died while two others sustained multiple injuries when the pickup they were riding plunged into a ravine in Poblacion, Sadanga, Mountain Province.

Declared dead at the Bontoc General Hospital due to multiple injuries were Charlie Domao-il and Johnson Faroden.

The survivors who likewise sustained injuries were Christian Copas and Faustino Baldo.

Reports said the driver lost control of the vehicle and plunged into the ravine.

Students of Sangey National Technical Vocational School who discovered the incident relayed the information to the Sadanga Municipal Police Station, who responded to the site along with civilian volunteers and paramedics.

In Apayao, one Alexander Pacis, 43, also died due to head injury when he met an accident while aboard a motorcycle at San Carlos, Sta. Marcela on Sept. 2.

In Ifugao, a 55-year-old farmer named Eddie Dupingay died while seven passengers were injured when a mini dump truck crashed into a business establishment at Bolog, Kiangan on Sept. 1.

Road accidents is one of the leading causes of death in the Cordillera, especially when the major road networks in the region were not yet paved.

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